The Book of Everyone

With Christmas rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking of gifts for all the family. There are always those family members who are tricky to buy for – the Dad who already has everything or the awkward brother-in-law. The Book of Everyone is a one-of-a-kind book that you can create about anybody you like. You fill in a few basic details, name, age, gender and it pulls together a book all about you and the world you were born in, with amazing facts and figures. We were gifted a hardback www.topphentermineonline.com copy so that we could try out the site and see what we thought of the book. The graphics and illustrations are beautiful and it’s full of interesting little snippets. I think it would make a great Christmas gift for a husband, brother, father, friend… or anyone you’re stumped as to what to buy!

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52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week Twenty-Eight

Quite simply, that this week has been better than last!! Getting started on the Christmas wrapping – I will be ready before this baby arrives Midwife appointment this week – got to hear Beastie’s heartbeat, and she was happy with everything else too – next appt in two weeks to sort out my homebirth – eep! Homemade cinnamon latte- the only way I could get myself moving yesterday. So tasty {and cheaper than a take-out} Sleep – so happy that my back doesn’t bother me at night, and apart from a middle-of-the-night loo visit, I’m sleeping really well. Online shopping – seriously, I hate the shops, so pretty much all of my shopping gets done online – where would I be without Amazon?! Home Ed group today – I’m pretty certain it’s the only day each fortnight that I actually spend most of the day sat down, drinking tea, NOT working and chatting with friends :) lazy mornings – so grateful none of us are early risers, and that we don’t have to rush out of the house first thing in the morning. Slow starts are my favourite. Exciting opportunities this blog brings me Making holiday plans for next year…

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Give yourself a break

Growing another human in your tummy can be hard work. Whether it’s your first or your fourth… you still get tired, emotional, achey and naggy. When I was pregnant the first time, I kept getting told to rest. And yes, it’s much easier to rest if it’s just you. But I really didn’t ‘get’ just how important some down time was. By the time you’re pregnant a second/third/fourth time… adding in one/two/three other kiddos…. rest becomes *really* important and way more difficult to get! Thankfully, this pregnancy, my other three kiddos are that bit bigger. Last time I was pregnant with Baya, I had a 4 and 2 year old, so grabbing half an hour to myself, or a sneaky nap was pretty impossible. This time, with 11, 8 and 5 year olds, it’s a little easier. Of course, there is always something else I should be doing, but I’ve finally realised just how important allowing myself a little rest actually is. In the early weeks, I would go for a little nap, leaving everyone engrossed either in their games or, occasionally, a movie. Knowing Lola is big enough to get drinks/snacks should they be needed, and grateful that my…

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Trunki Bronco + getting ready for baby brother

We’re on the countdown to baby number four arriving and I’m trying to think ahead and make sure everything is ready. While I’m booked in for a homebirth, learning from last time when I had to transfer to hospital, I know that it pays to have a bag packed just in case! Baya wanted to pack a case too, ready for if she needs to go to friends or just come to the hospital with us. Of course, she wanted to pack everything into her Trunki. For a horse mad girlie, she was SO excited to see the two new horse Trunki designs – Bronco and Bluebell! Bronco was the one she picked, and since he arrived he’s been housing all sorts of goodies – Monster High Dolls, a Rainbow Brite Sprite and some crayons! As the {current} baby of the family, she hasn’t been away from us much, though I’m probably more worried about how she’d cope if she did have to stay somewhere else overnight than she is! But still… we decided to pack Trunki up ready for a practice run, and make sure he knew the way to go! Here’s what she packed: PJs’s A change of…

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